THE PEOPLE of Bury St Edmunds were out in force armed with flags and whistles to cheer torchbearers as they passed the Olympic Flame through the heart of the town centre, on Saturday.
The relay started on Horringer Road where 12-year-old Kyle McLean, from Essex, was first to have his Olympic Torch ignited to the rapturous cheers of the assembled crowds.
Shaun Fox, 49, from Tuddenham St Mary, was there with wife Dymphna, 43, daughter Esmee, seven, and four-year-old son Finn.
He said: “It is brilliant, a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see something really special. It is great that Bury St Edmunds was chosen as an Olympic relay town.
“We are here to see history being made - and what a great year we’ve had with the Jubilee, the Euros and the Olympics. We wouldn’t have missed it for the world.”
The relay concluded at Bury St Edmunds Leisure Centre, where 3,000 people gathered to see Alysia McIntyre, 21, of Bury St Edmunds, carry the torch on a lap of honour around the leisure centre’s athletics track before taking her position on a podium to a final rapturous cheer from the people of Bury.
Bury Free Press reporters and photographers were filming sections of the relay along the route and have put scenes together in the video above - for a full report on the event see this Friday